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'My mother enjoyed old age, and because of her I've begun to enjoy parts of it too. So far I've had it good and am crumbling nicely.'


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'To my surprise, my 70s are nicer than my 60s and my 60s than my 50s, and I wouldn't wish my teens and 20s on my enemies.'


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'I feel that the Christian experience and the Jewish one have much to give each other. If this open society continues and there is no return to political anti-Semitism, then this encounter, deeper than any theology, may happen.'


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'I didn't want to be on the losing side. I was fed up with Jewish weakness, timidity and fear. I didn't want any more Jewish sentimentality and Jewish suffering. I was sickened by our sad songs.'


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'Praying privately in churches, I began to discover that heaven was my true home and also that it was here and now, woven into this life.'


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'During the Second World War, evacuated to non-Jewish households, I encountered Christianity at home and in school.'


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'The Christian use of religion as a personal love affair both shocked me, and attracted me.'


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'For some years I deserted religion in favour of Marxism. The republic of goodness seemed more attainable than the Kingdom of God.'


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'Early on I saw the repression and idolatry of Stalinism, and when it cracked, I was open to religion again.'


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'My mother was a modern woman with a limited interest in religion. When the sun set and the fast of the Day of Atonement ended, she shot from the synagogue like a rocket to dance the Charleston.'


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'I didn't want to be on the losing side. I was fed up with Jewish weakness, timidity and fear. I didn't want any more Jewish sentimentality and Jewish suffering. I was sickened by our sad songs.'


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'I feel that the Christian experience and the Jewish one have much to give each other. If this open society continues and there is no return to political anti-Semitism, then this encounter, deeper than any theology, may happen.'


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'I learnt pity, sympathy, and what it was like to be at the other end of the stick. Such lessons can't be learnt in lecture halls.'


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'During the Second World War, evacuated to non-Jewish households, I encountered Christianity at home and in school.'


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'The real evidence for Jesus and Christianity is in how Jesus and the Christianity based on him manifest themselves in the lives of practicing Christians.'

 

 

 

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